Happy last day of school!
The last final I gave today was calculus. In addition to counting as their final exam grade, I also let their final replace their lowest test grade, so a handful of kids actually had the opportunity to jump up a letter grade–and they were determined to do so. Several kids worked so hard on this final: some spent the full two hours on twenty-five questions.
The test was multiple choice so I graded them quickly and got the kids’ final scores in before the bell rang. When everyone was done, I told them they could check their grades online. The room was soon filled with excited chatter. Every single kid who had the opportunity to bump up a letter grade did. And no one ended with a D or an F!
I’m sure part of the excitement was due to the fact that they were finally done with first semester. But I know part of it was that they felt accomplished and proud of themselves…because I heard them say so.
It’s the best feeling getting to witness these successes and knowing that you were a small part of them.
We’ll be back for more in January! Until then, let’s sleep and eat.